Ed Aarons of the Guardian has now revealed why Crystal Palace are not keen to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Chelsea – according to the Guardian – are willing to sell the England international for just £8m this summer, a very talented player who was once the subject of a £35m bid from Bayern Munich.
What’s the story?
Well, Steve Parish is wary of moving for the 22-year-old due to his wages.
When asked by a Crystal Palace fan on Twitter why there has been no further interest in Hudson-Odoi from the Eagles, Aarons explained: “Big wages and haven’t followed up earlier interest.”
The reliable journalist did not reveal how much the Wandsworth-born winger earns at Chelsea, although Salary Sport believe he receives £120,000-a-week.
Chelsea handed Hudson-Odoi a significant contract in order to fend off the aforementioned interest from Bayern Munich.
However, the Londoner’s career has stalled since he put pen to paper, most recently scoring just one goal in 21 appearances during an unfruitful loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen last season.
Nevertheless, Hudson-Odoi remains a huge talent, and has plenty of time on his side to fulfil his vast potential at the age of just 22.
Crystal Palace have to sign Hudson-Odoi for just £8m
While Hudson-Odoi’s wages are admittedly quite high, Parish and Dougie Freedman would be foolish to ignore this opportunity.
That salary would be evened out by the very low transfer fee, and Parish is clearly able to cover those wages given the fact we offered Wilfried Zaha a four-year deal worth £200,000-a-week to stay.
With the Ivorian now gone, and Michael Olise out for months with a hamstring injury, Crystal Palace have to sign at least one new forward before the 2023/24 Premier League campaign kicks off.